Twins' off-season moves and rumors report: 1/11/2017

This is the latest installment of the Twins 2016-2017 off-season rumors and moves report.  You can find the previous here and all the previous installments in this series here.

I will be bringing news for Twins moves and rumored interest as they come periodically, leaving the names of interesting parties as are unless something changes about their status, adding new information as it comes.  As previously, this is actually reported interest, and not "who fits where" hypothetical interest.  I will be adding information about former Twins as it happens, but not rumors, as well.  This is what has happened or rumored to have happened so far:
  • The Twins have signed RHP Ryan Vogelsong to a minor league contract with Spring Training invitation (1/10)
  • The Twins have signed RHP Nick Tepesch to a minor league contract with Spring Training invitation (1/10)
  • The Twins have met with OF Jose Bautista's agent (1/10)
  • The Twins have checked on  Korean free agent 3B Jae-gyun Hwang, but he is not a fit (1/10)
  • It seems that the Twins and the Dodgers discussions regarding Brian Dozier are at an impasse (1/10)  Jose DeLeon might be the centerpiece of a deal with the Dodgers (12/16) and there seems that the two teams have already agreed on DeLeon and discussing potentially other players (12/21).  
  • The Twins have hired former Yankees' scout Greg Orr as a pro scout (1/9)
  • The Twins have hired former Twins' UT and son of their former manager, Toby Gardenhire as a coach for their Rookie GCL team (1/9)
  • The Twins agreed on a minor league contact with LHP Matt Tracy (1/6)
  • The Twins are interested in free agent RHSP Tyson Ross (12/26)
  • There is interest by unnamed teams on Twins RHP Ervin Santana and the Twins have indicated that nobody is "untouchable" (12/16)
  • The Twins could have interest in Red Sox'  P Drew Pomeranz, but have not discussed them yet with Boston (12/6); However are not listed among the teams that were interested in Red Sox' pitchers per Boston sources (12/7)
  • The Twins have talked to the Diamondbacks about their young pitching.  No particular names were mentioned and nothing is imminent (11/29)
  • The Twins might be interested in RHP Justin Masterson (11/23) as a minor league free agent signing (11/29)
  • It looks like the new Twins' Front Office t is doing the right thing and committing to a full-time rebuild.(11/20)  However, previous reports suggested that the Twins were after "experienced" players, without any names mentioned. (11/9)
  • Twins' 1B Kennys Vargas (who apparently has a fourth option left), has drawn some trade interest, but no teams are named (11/17)
  • The Twins have had discussions with the agent of RHP Joba Chamberlain, Casey Close.  He also represents who also represents former closers Joe Smith and Shawn Tolleson (11/10)
  • The Twins' have attended the showcase of former Royals' closer RHP Greg Holland. (11/7)
From the former Twins' news department:

  • Former Twins 3B/1B Trevor Plouffe has signed with the Athletics to an 1 yr/~$5M contract, pending a physical (1/10)

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